Amsterdam is stepping up the fight against sexual harassment and -violence against women and girls. 51 percent of Amsterdam women have faced sexual harassment on the street. Among 15 to 34 year-olds, it's even 81 percent. With a campaign and several other measures, the Amsterdam mayor and aldermen want to make clear to victims that they are not alone, and to perpetrators that sexual harassment and gender-based violence are unacceptable, the city said in a press release on Tuesday.
National police chief Erik Akerboom is expected to be named as the new boss of domestic intelligence agency AIVD, according to the Volkskrant. The current head of the 18-year-old agency, Dick Schoof, is expected to re-join the Ministry of Security and Justice which he left in 2013 to lead national counter-terrorism office NCTV.
Akerboom worked in various capacities in Dutch police offices for 23 years after studying for four years at the Apeldoorn police academy. He spent much of his career in Utrecht, before becoming the top cop in the Brabant-Noord region.
An enforcement officer employed by the municipality of Rotterdam was accused of forcing a female colleague to perform unwanted sexual acts with him in 2018 and early in 2019, according to a confidential report from the National Complaints Committee on Undesirable Behavior for the Decentralized Government, which newspaper AD has in its possession. The accused man denies all allegations, according to the newspaper.
The number of cases reported to the sports disciplinary court ISR increased significantly. In past years the ISR handled an average of five cases per year. So far this year there's been 52, excluding doping cases. "This mainly concerns sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior", ISR secretary Henk van Aller said to the Telegraaf.
Two police officers from the Noord-Holland unit were arrested at the police station in Haarlem on Thursday on suspicion of leaking confidential police information to newspaper NRC. One of the two suspected cops is a female police officer who revealed racist abuses at the Hoefkade police station in The Hague and accused a superior of sexual assault, multiple sources told newspaper AD.
The MeToo movement and increased awareness about sexual harassment is changing the reality TV scene in the Netherlands. After scrapping reality show De Villa last week, RTL and Videoland announced that they will no longer broadcast programs in the "guilty pleasure" genre, such as reality show Temptation Island, for the time being, the Volskrant reports.
Student associations in Leiden are warning their members to not go out alone at night after multiple students reported being sexually harassed or assaulted in the city center. The police received multiple reports of incidents, a police spokesperson confirmed to AD.
The team chief of the Haarlemmermeer police was suspended so that allegations of sexual harassment against him can be investigated. The man is suspected of sexual assault and texting sexual messages to a female police officer working under him, NRC reports based on sources within the police.
Anja Schouten, the unit chief for the Noord-Holland police, confirmed to NRC that an "exploratory investigation" is ongoing, but would say nothing further.
The police are launching a national, independent hotline for police officers who are discriminated against, intimidated or sexually harassed by their colleagues, National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said in an interview with NRC.
There are problems like racism, intimidation and sexual misconduct within the police, and National Police Chief Erik Akerboom works every day to reduce them. But it is an illusion that he can put an end to all these abuses within a few years, the police chief said in television program Jinek, NOS reports.
Broadcaster Omroep Zeeland may dismiss a 61-year-old chief editor, a court ruled on Thursday. The man became discredited at the broadcaster because he was accused of sexually harassing two female colleagues after getting drunk at an office party, and then he posted a blog on Facebook featuring the famous photo of a drunk sailor kissing a dentist assistant on Times Square after the victory over Japan in 1945, RTL Z reports.
The Netherlands is implementing stricter laws around sex crimes, according to a new legislative proposal Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security announced. Under the new law you can be punished both if you know the other person did not want to have sex, and if you could have known that. When in doubt, the person initiating sexual acts has the duty to ask whether the other person is okay with what is happening, under the new law, NOS reports.
Last year there were around 30 incidents at Amsterdam student complexes where refugees and students live together, the Amsterdam office of mayor and alderman said in a report to the city council. The city is taking measures to reduce these incidents, Het Parool reports.
Four in ten university employees in the Netherlands have been personally confronted with a socially unsafe working environment, according to a study by unions FNV and VAWO. They report facing bullying, abuse of power, humiliation, exclusion, and sexual harassment, for example. Half work in an apartment where the social working environment is unsafe, the researchers found, NU.nl reports.
The number of reports of sexual abuse and discrimination at Dutch schools increased last year. The Education Inspectorate received 134 reports of sexual abuse in the school year 2017/2018, the highest number in 15 years, NU.nl reports.
In nearly half of the reports about pupils being sexually abused, the accused perpetrator is someone who works at the school, such as a teacher or a member of the non-teaching staff, according to the Inspectorate. The number of reports about sexual harassment decreased, the Inspectorate said.
The total number of crimes registered by the Dutch police in 2018 decreased by 6 percent compared to the year before, Statistics Netherlands reports. The number of sex crimes, however, is on the rise.
The police registered almost 9 thousand sexual offenses like rape, sexual harassment or -assault last year, compared to 8,400 in 2017. The number of rape reports increased from 1,200 in 2014 to 1,900 last year. And the number of sexual assault reports increased from 1,700 in 2015 to 2,400 last year.
The Rotterdam court convicted and punished someone for sexual harassment on the street for the first time. Everon El F., 36, was given two conditionally suspended fines of 100 euros each for harassing eight women in two separate incidents during the summer, NU.nl reports.
Sexual harassment on the street became a punishable offense in Rotterdam at the start of this year. El F. is the first ever Dutch man who had to appear in court for this crime.
Dutch people often misjudge important facts about the Netherlands. The Dutch population's perception about immigration, unemployment and climate change figures, among others, is far wrong, according to the study Perils of Perception by Ipsos. The research agency interviewed citizens from 37 countries. In none of the countries did the citizens estimate figures correctly, RTL Nieuws reports.
VVD parliamentarian Han ten Broeke resigned with immediate effect on Thursday. In a statement he said he had a brief sexual relationship with a young employee of the party in 2013, and that she later accused him of crossing a line. "If I look back on that now, I should never allowed myself that. It was not okay, should not have happened and will never happen again", Ten Broeke said, NOS reports.
Hundreds of people participated in a silent march through Rotterdam on Tuesday. The march was a protest against sexual harassment and violence, and to show support for a young woman who was brutally raped in the city. They carried signs with texts like "No means no", "We are not objects", "Our rights are not up for grabs, neither are we", and "Private property, consent mandatory".
Tjeerd Herrema resigned as PvdA alderman in Almere on Thursday after being accused of sexual harassment. An external investigation is ongoing into these accusations, but Herrema decided not to await the outcome of this investigation, NOS reports.
Nearly 30 percent of doctors, medical students and medical interns in the Netherlands have faced sexual harassment during their work, according to a #MeToo survey by Medisch Contact and Arts in Spe. The majority of them are women, RTL Nieuws reports.
Dutch beer giant Heineken launched an investigation into the sexual harassment and -abuse of promotion girls in 14 African countries, CEO Jean-Francois van Boxmeer announced at a shareholders' meeting on Friday, NOS reports
On Monday the court sentenced a 51-year-old Belgian man to three months in prison for secretly filming women in sauna SpaSereen in Maarssen. One of the victims caught Mark D. filming her and friends with his watch in October 2016, AD reports.